Monroe County is named for James Monroe, who was President of the United States from 1817 to 1825.
Created: January 19, 1820
Tompkinsville 1820 – present
County Courthouse – Tompkinsville
Location: 200 North Main Street / East 3rd Street
Built: 1976 – 1979
Style: Modern Georgian
Architect: Morton-Lyne & Associates
Contractor: Alliance Corporation.
Description: The building faces northwest and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The northwest entrance has a large arch which is trimmed with stone, rises to the second story and has a recessed glass entrance. A wide white colored cornice is along the roof line. In the building center is a high white colored wood cupola with white colored dome.
Note: The first courthouse was constructed in 1822 and was burned by Confederate guerilas during the Civil War as payback for Federal troops burning the Celina, Tennessee courthouse. The second courthouse was lost to fire in 1877. The third courthouse lasted from 1887 to 1975 when the building was dismantled to make way for the fourth and current county courthouse.
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Photos taken 2007